Having an older cat at home? Is your cat started to age? An owner should be able to know the common signs of aging and know the importance of regular checkup as your cat grows older.
These are a few common signs of aging in cats that an owner should be aware of;
A decrease in weight signals a medical or cognitive problem. As usual it is caused by loss of appetite. But in some cases some older cats still eat like a healthy young cat but still suffers weight loss. It is because their body can no longer absorb the nutrients needed from food they consumed thus losing weight.
Changes in thirst
When a cat started to have changes in thirst, you wouldn’t notice at first. But gradually you will find your cat is acting weird. Changes in thirst could sometimes indicate your cat is having illness as some disease may cause increased thirst. An aging cat may also drink less thus causing dehydration. This is because they do not feel well and are too lethargic to go for the water bowl. Continual, low-grade dehydration is also a frequent cause of constipation in older cats.
Older cats may have severe arthritis, often in the back legs or spine. They tend to act aggressively when you try to touch or move them. This is because they are in discomfort. So if you notice your cat are being less active and they are about 10 years old and above, the chances of your cat suffering from Arthritis is high.
Always consult your vet if your cat is showing any sign of the above.